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ALZHEIMER’S RISK TIED TO UNCLES, AUNTS, AND GREAT-GRANDPARENTS WITH THE DISEASE

Having cousins and great-grandparents with Alzheimer’s has been linked to a higher risk of developing the disease, according to a study. Scientists looked at the data on over 278,818 people included in the Utah Population Database, stretching back to the 1880s, for their work published in the journal Neurology. The participants were connected to the state's pioneers by at least three generations.

Alzheimer’s disease continues to be a growing problem

Statistics by themselves can sometimes be confusing or open to misinterpretation, so LifeTimes talked to an expert on Alzheimer’s disease about the latest numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association. We asked Dr. Amanda Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and director of clinical research at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa, to put the 2019 statistics into perspective. We also asked her what more positive news there might be in the near future.

A new blood test may be on the horizon for Alzheimer’s disease

A new study showed that a blood test can detect a protein in the blood associated with memory and thinking problems along with brain shrinkage. While the test is only available for research at this time, the rise of this protein years before dementia symptoms appear may signal a new way to predict Alzheimer’s and track progression of the disease.

Newly discovered Alzheimer's genes further hope for future treatments

An analysis of the genetic makeup of more than 94,000 people in the United States and Europe with clinically diagnosed Alzheimer's led to the discovery of four new genetic variants that increase risk for the neurodegenerative disease.

Hormone Produced During Exercise Jogs Memory, Maintains Brain Health

If we told you there was a magic pill to feel less tired, more alert and younger, you’d take it, right? What if we told you the pill doesn’t require a prescription or payment and is available to everyone whenever they want it? And on top of all that, research points to this pill preserving brain health and limiting the effect of dementia on the brain. You’re in, right?

F.D.A. Gives Warning to Supplement Makers Claiming to Treat Alzheimer’s

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on dietary supplements sellers making claims that their products can cure or treat dementia and Alzheimer’s. The agency sent 12 warning letters and five online advisory letters to companies that said their supplements could cure ailments like Alzheimer’s.

FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration is taking new action against dietary supplements, sending warning letters to companies who claim, without proof, that their products can prevent or treat Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer, the agency announced Monday.

Blood-brain barrier test may predict dementia

Cognitive impairment is when a person has problems remembering, learning, concentrating, or making decisions that affect everyday life. Millions of people in the U.S. show some sort of cognitive impairment. People with cognitive impairment are at higher risk for developing dementia, which is the loss of cognitive functioning. Alzheimer's disease is the most common dementia diagnosis.

NIA Offers Opportunities To Participate In Aging, Alzheimer's, Dementia Research

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers a myriad of opportunities to learn about and participate in the study of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.  And for good reason.

Some Alzheimer's biomarkers differ by race, NIA-funded study finds

A new study funded by NIA points to differences in some biological markers underlying Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans and non-Hispanic whites.